Saturday January 31 2015
Garcia praises Roma reaction

Rudi Garcia insists Roma “deserve praise for their reaction” in a 1-1 draw with Empoli, their fourth in a row.

This was the Giallorossi’s fourth consecutive stalemate and they are without a victory on home turf since November 30.

Tomorrow Juventus can extend their lead at the top to 10 points, but Napoli could also close to within four of Roma.

“When we are in a difficult moment with so many problems, we can only praise the reaction of the team,” Garcia told Sky Sport Italia.

“Not only were we a goal down and a man down, but in the second half we stepped up the tempo and did everything to win.

“Astori hit the crossbar, Iturbe went off, so let’s just say at the moment luck is not on our side.”

Garcia refused to criticise his players for this current trend of playing awful first halves only to fight back after the break.

“The reaction in the second half was that of a great team. We proved that we know the right path in terms of tactics, quality and physicality. We do know that we should push more from the start. I think our fans are happy with the second half. They want to see the whole game like that and above all to win. We are working on it.

"We know things will go better when I have more choices at my disposal.”

That should improve with news Roma signed Seydou Doumbia from CSKA Moscow for €14.4m plus add-ons.

“Doumbia is done, we’ll see tomorrow night if Gervinho and he return or continue the African Cup of Nations.

“We need to grit our teeth at this moment and will do everything to return to victory, starting from Tuesday. We want to qualify and have only three days to recover.”

Roma play Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia quarter-final on Tuesday. 

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